Sad news – RIP Messiah
Exchanged a few emails with him and rode with him once – Ben MacDui from Linn of Dee taking in the Loch Etchachan descent. By a long way the fittest and most talented rider I have been out with. On top of that, just a thoroughly decent guy, always helpful and so passionate about mountain biking
Heartfelt condolances to his family. A great loss. RIP BrianPosted 3 years agometalheartSubscriber
Seems a strange way to find out, here I mean.
Only a casual acquaintance last time I bumped into would have been in the Stoney bike shop… (Known him since Alpine days). A destroyer of frames/bikes!
A sad loss to this forum. Actually knew what he was talking about, unusually!
Thoughts are with his family. RIP Brian.Posted 3 years agoshortbread_fanylionSubscriber
What terrible news. I didn’t know messiah personally but benefitted from his posts on various forums, particularly regarding routes in the north east. If you wanted info on any dodgy looking path up the side of a munro he was the man! What a loss to his family, friends and mountain biking. RIP.Posted 3 years agobatfinkMember
Such sad news – only new him from on here, but this has really hit home for me. Makes you realise what a “community” this is.
Deepest condolences to his family – hopefully they can draw some comfort from these message showing what high esteem relative strangers held him in.Posted 3 years agobsd451Member
Nobody else I’d rather have been thrown out of an Exploited/UK Subs gig with (before either got on stage). Nobody else I’d rather jump off dam walls in the south of France with. Nobody else I’d rather find declining a race through the wee park at the back of his house, with him on my newly purchased full-suspension ride – a Mk1 Moulton. Nobody else I’d rather be having a wee nip by a campfire with this evening. A loss to all. Love to all.Posted 3 years agopipiomMember
Never met the guy but he’s been helping me ( and others) with my proposed next bike build (carbine 29) always gave good advice based on facts and experience (light bicycle wheels etc etc) no “you must buy this cos I did” input at all.
He’ll be sadly missed….big love to his familyPosted 3 years agoSannySubscriber
I only met him once many years ago riding the Darkside Gap Jump at Mabie Forest. Since then, I’ve always enjoyed picking his brain online about wilderness trails in the north east. He had a terrific knowledge of trails around that neck of the woods and was always willing to help out. Whenever a thread would come up about Scottish trails, he’d pop up with some brilliant local knowledge. I owe him no small debt of thanks for the trails he’s pointed me in the direction of over the years.
I’m absolutely gutted for him and his family. Very, very sad to hear this awful news.
Brian – you may be gone but you won’t be forgotten.Posted 3 years agosuburbanMember
folks the replies are overwhelming and very welcomed.
We passed this link to his family, I am sure they will be humbled by the warmth that is being extended by everyone he influenced.
I need to tell Ali at TransSavoie as well. Brian, myself and another of our number all entered the Trans Savoie last year, i made the reserve list but not the race. Brian spent ages talking me into me into it this year again, i came up with excuses which feel so false on hindsight, i cant express how much i want to do this… oh man, wiping tears again.
We were half way through having new strips for the riding group, had these accelerated and final designs came out last night. He will be immortalised on jerseys and come riding with us and be in our memories even more.
Planning some big hil rides, all the big hill rides he loved so dearly over the course of this year, no excuses! He would ride in any weather, infact i dont think he ever noticed the weather!
Once again, thanks folksPosted 3 years agosuburbanMember
its waking up on mornings like today, spring, temperature in the teens beautiful view of the mountains i wait for the first SMS message or email of the day from any of the maniacs. 99% of the time would be Brian. saying ‘nice day’… then you know what would follow. ‘Fancy taking a meeting?” Which meant, my bikes in the car/van lets got play on clachers/millstone/bennachie/macdui/nagar.. ‘ take your pick.
Its a common love and appreciation we all have, days like this make me apprecaite everything more.Posted 3 years ago
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